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After class today I went down to the library to make a start on my essay. I couldn’t find any of the books on the required reading list for writing an essay, so I can only assume someone else got them out before me. That, or I just didn’t see them.

So, I found these books instead, and found them rather helpful for breaking down the process of essay writing. The notes that I made from them are in my folder.

I had hoped to do my essay on something around gender, but any books covering that were about films in general rather than focussing on animation.

Once we are finished doing our animation in Creative Strategies I will venture back down, and narrow my focus on what exactly I want to write about.

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Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far

I can’t honestly say that I found this book very engaging. I did find that some of the little aphorisms useful, then most of the others were common sense, which annoyed me as well as there being no page numbers. Unfortunately.

I did find that his take on typography was kind of interesting, and he used an interesting array of materials to create his designs.

I was able to make some notes on Stefan that I found could relate to Carson as he worked with Tibor Kalman who was also viewed as a “bad boy” within the graphic design community – like Carson. (Carson was seen as a “bad boy” due to his lack of regard for those graphic designers attempting to bring a structure to the profession, although he claimed that he had been unaware of it until many years later when someone explain why he caused such upset with his work.)

Things I Learned In My Life So Far
Things I Learned In My Life So Far
Notes I made
Notes I made on the book

[Sagmeister, S (2008). Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far. New York: Abrams. Front Cover.]

[Sagmeister, S (2008). Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far. New York: Abrams. p-not numbered.]

Graphic Design School

I read this to get a better understanding of Graphic Design (it helped that it was on the reading list) and then made notes related to typography.

From studying English Language to A-level I knew a bit about the affect typography has on the audience but I had not anticipated the large amount of factors to be considered when selecting an appropriate font and the impact those decisions can have on the message communicated to the audience.

I actually find the whole topic rather interesting.

Graphic Design School, The Principles of Graphic Design. Cover.
Graphic Design School, The Principles of Graphic Design. Cover.

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I was telling my friend Jordan (who I made those stop motion animations with) about typography and he asked me  about the difference between “typeface” and “font” and for a minute I sort of thought it was obvious but then I couldn’t actually explain it, so I looked it up and found a pretty decent explanation.

Distinguishing between "typeface" and "font".
Distinguishing between “typeface” and “font”.

Citations:

[Dabner, D. (2004). Introduction to Typography. In: Thompson, D Graphic Design School, The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design. United Kingdom: Quarto Publishing Plc. Front cover.]

[Dabner, D. (2004). Introduction to Typography. In: Thompson, D Graphic Design School, The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design. United Kingdom: Quarto Publishing Plc. p 40-47.]

[Dabner, D. (2004). Introduction to Typography. In: Thompson, D Graphic Design School, The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design. United Kingdom: Quarto Publishing Plc. p 48-51.]

[Dabner, D. (2004). Understanding and Selecting Typefaces. In: Thompson, D Graphic Design School, The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design. United Kingdom: Quarto Publishing Plc. p 80-83.]

[Dabner, D. (2004). Typography. In: Thompson, D Graphic Design School, The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design. United Kingdom: Quarto Publishing Plc. p 80-96.]

[The FontFeed. (2008). [image online]. Font or Typeface?. Available: http://fontfeed.com/archives/font-or-typeface/. Last accessed 10th Nov 2014.]

[Mark Simonson . (2005). What is a font?. Available: http://www.typophile.com/node/14701#comment-84393. Last accessed 10th Nov 2014.]